Spring Concert to raise money for the Friends of St Cross in Rugby

Choir members and Friends of St Cross volunteers with Rugby Mayor Ramesh Srivastava
Choir members and Friends of St Cross volunteers with Rugby Mayor Ramesh Srivastava

A town centre church and popular male choir have teamed up to raise money for a hospital charity at their Spring Concert.

St Andrew’s Church and Rugby Male Voice Choir will be boosting the Friends of St Cross’ Diamond Jubilee Appeal total with the event on Saturday April 18.

Kathryn Lawrence and Tracey Lennard receiving the cheque from the Reverend Imogen Nay

Kathryn Lawrence and Tracey Lennard receiving the cheque from the Reverend Imogen Nay

The concert will be held at St Andrew’s at 7.30pm and there will be guest performances from Kevin Downham and Melanie Green.

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the office at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby Visitor Centre, Sounds Music (behind the Squirrel Inn) and from the Tea Bar in the Out Patients department at the Hospital of St Cross. Tickets can also be bought on the night.

The Rugby Male Voice Choir has supported the charity on a number of occasions, including the group’s annual Christmas Concert.

They presented a cheque for £924 to the mayor, who has selected the Friends as his Charity of the Year, at one of their rehearsals for the Spring Concert.

St Andrew’s Church has also supported the campaign to improve the hospital’s blood-taking unit.

The church hosted the Festival of Christmas Trees in aid of the appeal.

This year more than 45 local businesses and organisations provided a tree decorated in a theme appropriate to them for the charity Christmas Tree Festival.

Rector the Rev Imogen Nay recently presented the charity with a cheque for £400.

She said: “The Christmas Tree Festival Committee is appointed by the Parish Church Council and each year the committee chooses a local charity which has the support of local people who donate money to the festival.”

The Friends’ tree was decorated with crystals to represent the charity’s Diamond Jubilee and was topped with a crown which reflected the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

The display also featured a roundel with the Pride of Rugby Award and blue lights to represent the NHS.

The Diamond Jubilee Appeal has raised more than £46,000 so far and the charity is keen to hear from businesses, schools and community groups who have fundraising ideas.

For more information about events and how to get involved, go to www.fsx.org.uk